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Berbere Goat – DELICIOUS!

Nonna tried a new flavor and LOVED it! She modified the original recipe to accommodate an afternoon of skydiving. Using the crockpot ensures you can have a great afternoon and still come home to a delicious home cooked meal. Take a look at Nonna’s video and enjoy!

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Check out Oya Come Chop for the original recipe.

Goat Berbere

Ingredients

    • 2-3 pounds Goat Meat (Nonna used ribs)
    • 1 large onion (quartered)
    • 1 large orange bell pepper (sliced)
    • 1 large yellow bell pepper (sliced)
    • 1 large red bell pepper (sliced)
    • 1 large chili pepper (sliced)
    • 3 tablespoons Berbere seasoning
    • Jacobsen Garlic Salt
    • 1 clove garlic (peeled)
    • 3 Cherry Tomato packages
    • Ginger root
    • 1-2 cups Beef or Pork or Goat Broth. (See Note 2)
    • 1 jar Goya Sofrotio tomato cooking base
    • See Note 1 for all ingredients

Directions

Veggies:

  1. Slice the bell peppers, onion, and chili pepper.
  2. Peel the garlic. No need to mince.
  3. Chop the onion and ginger root.
  4. Place tin foil on a baking pan and spray with non stick canola oil.
  5. Place all the veggies (cheery tomatoes included) on to the pan and spread out.
  6. Bake at 375° for 45ish minutes. The veggies should look a tad charred. (Even the original recipe says that!)
  7. Remove from oven and let cool.
  8. Once cool, put in a blender or food process and blend until the veggies are somewhat liquified. It will make a thick paste. You do not want veggie chunks.

Goat Meat:

  1. Place goat meat in a crockpot.
  2. Add 3 tbsp Berbere seasonings over the goat meat.
  3. Add some garlic salt
  4. Add broth.
  5. Add veggie mix (paste) (Ideally the paste makes 3ish cups)
  6. Mix the broth and veggie mix. (Ideally the sauce will cover the goat meat – mostly)
  7. At this point what you do depends on what you have done. Nonna (who didn’t have enough tomatoes) added Goya tomato base. By adding this she used a total of 3 cups veggie mix & tomato base. As the sauce was very thick she added about 1/2 cup more broth for a total of 1.5ish cups. Bottom line is that you want a thick veggie (tomato flavored) sauce covering the meat or mostly covering the meat.
  8. After you’ve mixed the sauce, cover the crockpot and set on low. Let cook 8ish hours.
  9. Check the meat to ensure it is cooked through. It should flake apart when done. Nonna could shred it with a wooden spoon!

Note 1: You can use any combination of colorful bell peppers you desire. You can even add a few more if you like. Also, Nonna only used 1 package of cherry tomatoes, but she really needed 3 or more total. How many tomatoes you use is up to you. Nonna added Goya Tomato base to make up for the tomato shortage. This substitute worked great!

Note 2: Nonna used leftover pork broth from her tamale video. The original recipe called for goat broth, but it also directed you to boil the goat. Beef broth should work just fine. Heck even water would work, but it wouldn’t have the flavor. Bottom line – when you boil meat save the broth to use later!

Stuffed Flank Steak

In this video, we made an amazing stuffed flank steak with gravy. We may need to put this on the list of recipes for the Jump for the Rose dinner this year!

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Stuffed Flank Steak

  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients

    • 1 package Flank Steak
    • 1 large onion (chopped)
    • Dan Pastorini Garlic and Herb seasonings
    • Dan Pastorini Texas Style Rub
    • Jacobsen Ghost Chili Salt
    • Gumbo Daddy Cajun Seasoning
    • 1/4 cup garlic
    • 1 package mushrooms
    • Olive Oil
    • 2-3 tablespoons of butter (Nonna likes goat butter)
    • rosemary
    • basil
    • parsley
    • 4 ounces goat cheese
    • Special Shit (seriously that is what it is named)
    • Goya Adobo all purpose seasonings
    • 1 baking bag
    • 2 tablespoons cup flour
    • 3-4 precooked bacon strips (optional)
    • toothpicks

Directions

  1. Place butter, garlic and onion in a pan and sauté over a medium heat.
  2. Add mushrooms, rosemary, basil, parsley, and seasonings (Nonna added DP Garlic & Herb, Goya Adobo, Special Shit, and Jacobsen Ghost Chili Salt).
  3. When onions are translucent and mushrooms are soft remove from heat, place in a mixing bowl, and let cool. (See Note 1)
  4. When cool add chopped bacon and goat cheese. Mix.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons to the baking bag and shake.
  6. Cut flank steaks into rollable pieces and pound with a tenderizer to thin and tenderize the meat.
  7. Lay out the meat and put some of the mushroom mix in the center. Roll the meat. Hold in place using toothpicks. Ideally you will roll the meat and place the mushroom mix such that the mix is in-between each layer of meat. This is called a pinwheel.
  8. Place the rolls in the baking bag and the bag into a baking pan. Close up the bag and poke a few holes in it.
  9. Place in oven at 375° F for 30 mins.
  10. Check the meat with a thermometer. It is rare at 140°F.
  11. Take the juices from the bag and make a gravy. Add a little flour or water as needed (but not a lot)

Note 1: At this point, the mushroom mix is ready to go. You can cook the flank steak anyway you want and simply put the mix over the steak if you like!. Also, you can add the goat cheese and bacon or not! Your choice!

Note 2: As always, Nonna used her favorite seasonings, but you can use any you like. As she says “Recipes are just good suggestions.”

Locrio de Pollo; Goya Goodness!

Nonna took another recipe from Goya’s website. Once again it was DELICIOUS! Nonna did modify the recipe some as recipes are only “good suggestions!”

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Here is the recipe to Goya’s recipe. Nonna’s recipe is below.

Dominican Chicken & Rice (Compliments Goya)

  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients

    • 4 chicken quarters
    • Adobo All-Purpose Seasonings
    • Lemon Juice
    • 1 small onion (chopped)
    • 1 Jalapeno
    • cilantro
    • 1/4 cup garlic (minced)
    • Canola Oil
    • 1/4 cup tomato paste
    • Manzanilla Spanish Olives (pitted and halved)
    • Chicken Flavored Bouillon
    • Jacobsen Garlic Salt
    • Canilla Extra Long Gran Rice

Directions

    1. In large, plastic zip-top bag or airtight container with lid, add chicken pieces, Adobo, lemon juice, onions, garlic, cilantro and oregano. Seal bag and massage to coat chicken completely in marinade. Marinate at room temperature about 10 minutes. Remove chicken from marinade, reserving marinade.
    2. Heat large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat; add oil. Immediately add chicken, skin-side down. Reduce heat to medium and cover pot. Cook, covered, flipping chicken once, until chicken is golden brown on both sides, about 10 minutes (5 minutes each side); transfer chicken to plate and set aside.
    3. Add to same pot over medium-high heat, 4 cups water, reserved marinade, tomato paste, olives and chicken bouillon; stir until well combined and tomato paste and chicken bouillon are dissolved. Season with salt, to taste.
    4. Bring liquid to boil; add rice, stirring until incorporated. Return liquid to boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until water is evaporated, about 5-7 minutes. Return chicken into pot; reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, until chicken is cooked through and rice is almost tender, about 15 minutes. Stir chicken and rice from bottom to top (to keep rice and chicken from sticking). Cover pot and cook until rice is tender. Goya’s recipe says about 5-10 minutes more; however, Nonna had to let it cook an additional 15 minutes (30 minutes total). Serve immediately.

Pear-fectly Crumbled

Nonna did some spring cleaning. She found some long forgotten canned pears that Oma (Nonna’s mom) had canned and given her. You’ll have to watch the video so see how it came out. Needless to say if you are ever in a zombie apocalypse and you find canned pears you’ll, know what to do with them.

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Pear Crumble

Ingredients

    • 2 quarts canned pears with cinnamon (See Note 1)
    • 4 tsp lemon juice
    • 6 tbsp sugar
    • 4 tbsp AP flour
    • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
    • A couple of dashes of ground nutmeg
    • 2 tbsp goat butter
    • 4 tbsp chopped nuts (your choice as to kind of nuts)
    • 4 ounces sweet goat cheese
    • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (See Note 2)

Directions

    1. Grease a baking pan to prevent sticking. Nonna uses canola spray.
    2. Drain the canned pears. (See Note 1)
    3. Spread the pears out evenly in the baking pan
    4. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
    5. In a mixing bowl, add goat cheese, sugar, oats, flour, ginger, and nutmeg. Mix. (See Note 2)
    6. In mixing bowl, add cuts of butter and mix until crumbly.
    7. In mixing bowl, add nuts. Mix.
    8. Once crumbly, sprinkle over pears.
    9. Bake 350°F for 25-30 mins or until bubbly.

Note 1: Nonna used home canned pears. If you do not have home canned pears, use about 6 medium pears, peeled, and sliced.

Note 2: Nonna’s canned pears already had cinnamon added. However, if you pears have not been flavored with cinnamon, you should add 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (or more) as you desire.

AMBROSIA

Don’t like cooking? Can’t cook? Gotta bring something to the party? This is the recipe for you! Easy, sweet, DELICIOUS!

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Ambrosia

  • Difficulty: Easy Peasy
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Ingredients

  • 8 ounce can crushed pineapple
  • 2 – 20 ounce cans pineapple chunks
  • 3.4 ounce box Pistachio JELLO
  • 1 cup walnuts (chopped)
  • 1 cup coconut (shredded)
  • 1 cup baby marshmallows
  • 8 ounces cool whip

Directions

    1. In bowl, add crushed pineapples and both cans chunked pineapples with the juices.
    2. Add pistachio jello and mix gently.
    3. Add walnuts and coconuts. Mix.
    4. Add marshmallows. Mix.
    5. Add cool whip. Add it slowly. Add some and mix. Add some more and mix. Repeat until 8 ounces added or 1 tub.
    6. Put in the refrigerator overnight. It will be ready in the morning!
    7. Go skydiving (See Note 1).

Note 1: If you don’t skydive or can’t for some reason (weather, time) then do what you desire. After all and as Nonna says, recipes are just suggestions!

Homemade Goat Cheese

This was a simple, yet time consuming recipe. it was worth every second! Simply DELICIOUS!

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Goat Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts raw goat cheese
  • 2/3 cups lemon juice (fresh squeezed in best)
  • Non reactive cookware (See Note 1)
  • Cheese cloth
  • Thermometer
  • Honey (optional)
  • Jacobsen Garlic Salt (optional)

Directions

1. Heat 2 quarts raw goat milk. Heat SLOWLY. Nonna used her lowest setting. Stir occasionally. Watch it the whole time. Do not let the milk burn. If you heat the milk too fast it may sour.
2. Heat until the milk is between 180°-185° F. There should be bubbles around the edges. It should just start to bubble in the middle.
3. When the milk is heated to the proper temperature, add the lemon juice (1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice to 1 quart raw goat milk). Mix.
4. Turn off/remove from heat and let stand for 10 mins.
5. Fold cheese cloth, dampen, and place over a fine strainer (non reactive) (See Note 2)
6. Pour goat milk over the cloth and strainer (you are separating the curds and whey). Let stand at room temperature for 1.5 hours. Do not put in direct sunlight and keep away from any heat source. The curds will harden
7. Scrape curds into a bowl. At this point you can add seasonings or not depending on what you want. Mash the curds together, seal the container, and place in refrigerator. (See Note 3)

Note 1: Non reactive cookware is important. Use stainless steel or tin. Avoid copper, cast iron, and aluminum.

Note 2: Nonna had some issues with the cheese cloth and straining. The curds were very small. A fine strainer and multiple layers from a folded damp cheese cloth are necessary.

Note 3: Nonna separated her curds into 2 bowls. She added a couple tablespoons of honey to one bowl and some Jacobsen Garlic Salt to the other. No measurements. Just to her taste (she taste tested).

Goya’s Shrimp & Pineapple Taco

Nonna decided to check out some new flavors and recipes. She found herself on Goya’s website and just could not resist Goya’s Shrimp & Pineapple Taco recipe. She even ordered some products from Goya’s online store. The result was AWESOME!

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As Aunt Winkie is going fishing (or is fishing or was fishing or all three) the written recipe is going to be delayed. However, the truth is Nonna ACTUALLY followed Goya’s recipe. Really she did! As such you can find the written recipe by visiting Goya’s webpage or just click the link.

Chicken Gizzard-licious

Nonna started the cooking the gizzards in R2D2 (Instant Pot) and finished one plate in the deep fat fryer and the other plate in the C3PO (Air Fryer). She used spicy pork rinds to season both plate. They were tender, well flavored, and a HUGE success!

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Chicken Gizzards

  • Difficulty: moderate
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Ingredients

    • 1 lb chicken gizzards
    • canola oil
    • canola non-stick spray (for air fryer)
    • 1 large bag spicy port rinds
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/3ish cup milk
    • rosemary
    • oregano
    • DP Texas Style Rub
    • Jacobsen Garlic Salt
    • Chicken Shit Seasonings
    • 1 can chicken broth
    • 1 medium onion (chopped)
    • 1/4 cup garlic (minced)

Directions

    1. Clean gizzards throughly removing grit. Remove any hard skin.
    2. Put cleaned gizzards, garlic, onion, garlic salt, Texas Style Rub, Chicken Shit seasonings, oregano, and rosemary into Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker).
    3. Use “MEAT STEW” setting on high for 25 minutes. (Check the directions for your specific cooker as settings might be different).
      4 Remove gizzards and let cool.
    4. mix eggs and milk.
      6 Mash up entire pork rind bag so that it is similar to bread crumbs and place on a plate or in a bowl.
    5. Put gizzards into egg mix then into pork rinds. Make sure both egg mix and pork rinds cover the gizzards. One good dip in both should do it.

    AIR FRYER

    1. Spray air fryer pan with canola non-stick spray.
    2. Cover the bottom with gizzards
    3. Cook at 400°F for 6 minutes.
    4. After 6 minutes flip the gizzards.
    5. Cook at 400°F for an additional 6 mins (for 12 mins total).

    FAT FRYER

    1. Heat canola oil in a pot. How much you need depends on your fat fryer’s size.
    2. Once the oil is hot, put gizzards into a frying basket and put into the oil.
    3. Cook 3 minutes or until crispy.
    4. Remove from oil, drain and let cool.

    Note 1: This recipe worked very well. The gizzards from both the deep fat fryer and C3PO (Air Fryer) were tender. That is likely thanks to R2D2 (Instant Pot). Also, the spicy pork rinds added its own flavor which provided the perfect taste.

Brussel Sprouts even the kids will love!

Nonna cleaned out her refrigerator. She put some of her favorite ingredients together and made something she has never made before. Simple. Delicious.

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Baked Veggies

Ingredients

      See Note 1
    • 5 crispy bacon strips (optional)
    • Bacon grease or olive oil (use olive oil if you are a vegetarian).
    • Brussel Sprouts (not frozen) (enough to fill one baking pan of your choice)
    • Mushrooms (as much or as little as you like)
    • Mozzarella cheese (shredded)
    • Feta Cheese (Mediterranean flavored)
    • Heavy Whipping Cream or Milk
    • Jacobsen Chili Salt
    • 1/4 cup minced garlic
    • Butter

Directions

      Brussel Sprouts
    1. Chop off brussel sprouts end and cut in half.
    2. Place in baking pan and coat with olive oil (or bacon grease from breakfast if you have some). Not too much, make sure the veggies are thinly coated.
    3. Add 5 chopped crispy bacon strips (optional)
    4. Add mushrooms (See Note 1)
    5. Add Jacobsen Chili Salt (or regular salt and pepper)
    6. Add garlic
    7. Add butter chunks on top
    8. Bake on 375° for 20-25 mins. Don’t cook the brussel sprouts through, you want them undercooked at this point.
    9. Add creamy cheese sauce and bake on 375° until done. Seriously, Nonna cooked for about 15 minutes until the brussel sprouts were soft (the fork easily stuck in the sprouts) – which is the way Nono likes them!
    10. Creamy Cheese Sauce

    11. In a pot add left over mozzarella and Mediterranean flavored feta cheese.
    12. Add heavy whipping cream and/or milk.
    13. Melt cheese over a low heat. Stir constantly so it doesn’t burn. Add milk or cheese as you desire to get the consistency you like.

Note 1: Nonna didn’t measure anything. She just pulled some stuff from the refrigerator that was on the verge of going bad and put it all together. The key to this recipe is taking what you have and doing what’ve you done in the past with some minor twists. For instance, Nonna makes creamy cheese sauce often, but never before with feta cheese (that cheese is typically reserved for salads). Also, she’s baked brussel sprouts with garlic herb seasoning and olive oil, but never with mushrooms, bacon, and cheese sauce. Sometimes when Nonna cleans out her refrigerator her recipes come out great (like this recipe), but sometimes not so much. Nonna very much encourages you to experiment and play in your kitchen. Try different things, be creative, have fun!

Note 2: You can delay adding the mushrooms. If desired, you can add the mushrooms when you cover the brussel sprouts with the creamy cheese sauce.

Note 3: This recipe is easily converted to a vegetarian recipe. Simply leave out the bacon and use olive oil.

Ketolicious Creamy Tuscan Shrimp: Nonna Style

Check out this out! It looks absolutely delicious and Nonna even measured some stuff!

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Shrimp Tuscan

Ingredients

    • 2 pounds raw peeled Shrimp
    • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
    • 4 tbsp Butter
    • 2ish cups Romano Cheese
    • Jacobsen Garlic Salt
    • 1 large bag/package Spinach Leafs
    • 1/2 cup minced Garlic
    • Lemon Balm (See Note 1)
    • Rosemary
    • Basil
    • 1.5 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
    • 2 cups Cherry Tomatoes (cut in half)

Directions

    1. Put butter and olive oil in a big pot and sautée shrimp. Only until they are pink on both sides. Do not cook them for long or they will over cook. They do not need to be cooked through at this point. You can add some salt if you choose.
    2. Remove the shrimp when they are pink.
    3. In the same large pot, add herbs (lemon balm, rosemary, & basil), minced garlic, mushrooms, and sautée for 2ish mins.
    4. Add 2 cups cheery tomatoes and stir briefly.
    5. Add spinach leaves (don’t worry if they take up the whole pot, they will cook down). Let them cook down (3-4ish mins).
    6. Add 1.5 cups of heavy whipping cream and mix.
    7. Add 1-1.5 cups shredded or grated GOOD Romano cheese and mix.
    8. Turn heat to low and let simmer (4-5 mins). Stir occasionally. Don’t let it burn on the bottom.
    9. Taste test. Add more garlic salt or other seasoning as you see fit.
    10. Add the shrimp. Let simmer for 4-5 mins. Stir occasionally.
    11. If the sauce isn’t think enough you can add more cheese (1/2-1 cups).
    12. After 4-5 mins make sure the shrimp is cooked through. If it is dinner is ready. If it is not just let it simmer a few more minutes!

Note 1: Nonna didn’t measure the herbs. Start with a tbsp of each and add more if you see fit.

Note 2: Nonna modified her recipe from http://www.GIMMEDELICIOUS.com. Feel free to check that recipe out!

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